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Slideshow: The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association beef cattle feedlot tour featured monoslope and hoop buildings.

Sarah McNaughton

July 2, 2021

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The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association held its 19th annual feedlot tour showcasing three different hoop and confinement feeder operations in the eastern region of the state. 

“When we first started, it was a van full of eight to 10 people, and now we get around 100 people who come on this tour,” says Scott Ressler, environmental services director for NDSA.

Tour attendees include producers, agriculturalists and commodity group representatives; however, the focus is on helping producers find inspiration with other operations. “We don’t usually look at the cattle on those days; we really take a look into the facilities. And we get people with their cameras and tape measures and notebooks who are writing information down,” he explains.

This year’s tour had three stops:

  • Jason Sorby with a monoslope steel barn

  • Barthomay Kattle Kompany with a multi-generation feeder operation

  • Swenson Stock Farms with hoop barn systems

“We have a lot of opportunity to show folks some different things, and there’s been a lot of interest in these hoop barns and confined feeding facilities we’re seeing pop up around North Dakota,” Ressler says.

Check out the gallery to get an inside look at these three operations.


About the Author(s)

Sarah McNaughton

Editor, Dakota Farmer, Farm Progress

Sarah McNaughton is a graduate of North Dakota State University, with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture communications, along with minors in animal science and Extension education. She is working on completing her master’s degree in Extension education and youth development, also at NDSU. In her undergraduate program, she discovered a love for the agriculture industry and the people who work in it through her courses and involvement in professional and student organizations.

After graduating college, Sarah worked at KFGO Radio out of Fargo, N.D., as a farm and ranch reporter. She covered agriculture and agribusiness news for North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. Most recently she was a 4-H Extension agent in Cass County, N.D., teaching, coordinating and facilitating youth programming in various project areas.

She is involved in agriculture in both her professional and personal life, serving on the executive board for North Dakota Agri-Women, and as a member in American Agri-Women, Sigma Alpha Professional Agriculture Sorority Alumni and Professional Women in Agri-business. As a life-long 4-H’er, she is a regular volunteer for North Dakota 4-H programs and events.

In her free time, she is an avid backpacker and hiker, enjoys running with her cattle dog Ripley, and can be found most summer weekends at rodeos around the Midwest.

Sarah is originally from Grand Forks, N.D., and currently resides in Fargo.

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